Rent The Wire: Series 1 (2002)

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12h 55min
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Synopsis:
From David Simon, creator and co-writer of HBO's triple Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Corner, this unvarnished, highly realistic drama series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore - one that culminates in a complex series of dangerous wiretaps and surveillance. Told from the points of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.
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Directors:
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Producers:
Nina Kostroff Noble
Creators:
David Simon
Writers:
David Simon, Ed Burns, Rafael Alvarez, David H. Melnick, Shamit Choksey, Joy Kecken, George Pelecanos
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Top 100 TV Series, TV Crimes, TV Dramas
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2005
Run Time:
775 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Arabic, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Featuring three episode audio commentaries with writer/creator David Simon, Director Clarke Johnson and writer George Pelecanos
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Target
2. The Detail
3. The Buys
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Old Cases
5. The Pager
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. The Wire
7. One Arrest
8. Lessons
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
9. Game Day
10. The Cost
11. The Hunt
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
12. Cleaning Up
13. Sentencing
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2015
Run Time:
778 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 2.0, German DTS 2.0, Latin American Spanish DTS 2.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Four behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • 22 audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • Three prequels that explore life before The Wire
  • Paley Center for Media event: The Wire Reunion
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Target
2. The Detail
3. The Buys
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Old Cases
5. The Pager
6. The Wire
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. One Arrest
8. Lessons
9. Game Day
10. The Cost
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
11. The Hunt
12. Cleaning Up
13. Sentencing

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Reviews (3) of The Wire: Series 1

a truly enjoyable experience - The Wire: Series 1 review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
11/04/2007

I could join in the chorus of approval hovering over this US crime series with all the usual stuff about how hard-hitting, powerful and compelling it is, but we've all read those sort of reviews for films/tv a million times before. It's almost as if critics long ago agreed on a bland lingo to use and us lot follow suit. If I like this, then assume there's nothing wrong with the acting/music/photography/sound/direction/mis en scene/etc etc blah

Instead, I'll keep it simple. This series works like a good book. For me it started slowly and thoughtfully, slightly dull even, and then during episode three I suddenly realised I was hooked. The main reason is The Wire is all about one story, one plot. A bit like Murder One if you remember that, but better I think. The characters emerge slowly out of the action, and as they do, you care more and more.

I would recommend this to any Sopranos/24/West Wing type fan as it matches America's, and HBO'S in particular, recent quality. But I would also suggest the dvds to someone who would normally go for a more literary film, or someone who's into Austen TV dramas. It has the same in-depth feel as a novel and you will remember it fondly afterwards.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

The best ever? - The Wire: Series 1 review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
06/12/2008

It's quite amazing that this series was neither nominated for nor received any Emmys. It takes a while to get going & I would strongly recommend watching the first few episodes twice as there are numerous characters to get to grips with & no "stars" to immediately allow one to put face to name. It's totally uncompromising & assumes- unusual for many TV series that its audience isn't just interested in mindless entertainent. For anyone vaguely interested in police drama it's a must.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Greatlly overrated - The Wire: Series 1 review by Martyn

Spoiler Alert
16/05/2021

Started watching this because of the rave reviews from critics and here, but I just don't get it.

The dialogue in the first episode is so bad it's funny, like a piss-take of a TV police drama. Every one of the short, shouted sentences includes some or all of shit, fuck, piss, ass and nigger. Don't think I've led a sheltered life. My wife went to high school in Lexington. As a foreigner, most of her friends at the time were black girls, despite the apartheid in the school corridors. And there were guns and knives. I concede the depiction of the 'projects' may be realistic. The word 'realistic' is used in the rave reviews. But the police?

Every cop is like a mad dog, barking at all the other mad dogs in the office.. Everyone shouts, no-one listens, no-one forms sentences worth listening to. I've worked for an American company, anyone even talking like that would be on a warning straight away. It cannot be realistic. That level of aggression is not sustainable.

I don't mind the unrelenting bleakness, the urban winter setting, devoid of green. That works in The Bridge because the characters are human. The French series Engrenages (or Spiral) also, but the characters are interesting and believable. But this?

After the first episode I wanted it to stop. But then I read the reviews again and watched a couple more, then decided, as absolutely anyone would say in this series 'fuck this shit, nigger'.

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